IPL 2020: Virat Kohli-led RCB will stay at this luxury Dubai hotel; entire block with 155 rooms booked
Bengaluru: The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) players will leave India for the UAE on Friday (August 21) to participate in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). The Virat Kohli-led team has revealed the name of the luxury hotel where they will be staying in Dubai. Read on to find out all the details about RCB’s travel and foreign players’ joining the team.
RCB chairman Sanjeev Churiwala shared details of the team ahead of their departure from Bengaluru.
Most of the Indian players have already arrived in Bengaluru. The team’s foreign players will link up with the team directly in Dubai.
IPL 2020 matches will be played in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. The official schedule is yet to be released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
On Thursday (August 20), Churiwala said the players, in compliance with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the BCCI, will stay in a bio-bubble and they have booked an entire block of a Dubai hotel.
“We wanted an exclusive facility in the centre so the players have short travel time (between Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah) and there is 100 % compliance of the bio-bubble,” Churiwala said in a media interaction.
“We have booked the entire block which has 155 rooms with exclusive facilities like team rooms, gym and dining. All the hotel staff will also be tested to ensure more safety,” he added.
RCB will stay in Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah. This five-star property belongs to Hilton group.
On foreign players’ arrivals, Churiwala said, “South Africa players will arrive on August 22, September 17 for England and Australia players, Sri Lanka on September 1. There could be slight change in this schedule.”
AB de Villiers will join the team on August 22 along with his South African teammates Chris Morris and Dale Steyn.
RCB are hoping to win their maiden IPL trophy this year with new coaches (Mike Hesson and Simon Katich) at the helm.